Need advice on purchasing a new HD-TV

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  1. Devoid

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    Well it's finally time for me to upgrade from my old CRT TV to something a bit more respectable but to be honest I don't even know where to start looking.

    I guess I can't decide between ~46" LCD TV or a larger (DLP or LCD?) projection TV. I've been searching around for some guides but they seem to have been written a few years ago and are probably out of date.

    My couch is 8-10ft away from my TV so I'm guessing it will need to be fairly large.
    I would like to plug a media PC into the TV to stream video content.
    It has to be 1080p capable.
    My living room is quite light.
    My budget is ~$3000.

    Can anyone out there steer me in the right direction?

    Also what are peoples views on purchasing a TV over the internet? Prices seem a LOT cheaper than bestbuy etc (as usual) but if there is anything wrong with my purchase then it would take hundreds of $$$'s to get it replaced, right? Seems like a big gamble to me.
     
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    Nice links, are there any real disadvantages to the rear projection TV's?
     
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    i think there are a couple but im drawing a blank
     
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    changing bulbs every couple of years
     
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    im 8ft from my tv, and the 42" is perfect. i think if i would have got a 50" it would have been to big. coudlnt focus on everything
     
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    yeah 8ft is pretty close and generally speaking a smaller screen will yield sharper images as resolution is constant, or so id expect
     
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    Thanks for all the links guys, i'm thinking 56-50" will be good, it's so hard to say though. I have a 27" CRT right now and I know that is way, WAY too small for this room.
     
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    I love my 42" Panny 60u.
    I sit about 8ft away and the picture quality is amazing.
    If I would have had the $$$ at the time, I would have bought the 50" version of it.
     
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    Well I made my choice and went with a 46" LCD samsung LNS4695 from Newegg.
    Personally I'm very weary of purchasing something like a TV online but it came with a free 60GB PS3 which is great because I don't have a "true" 1080p source, the exception being my upconverting Marantz DVD player and I heard LCD really is the way to go for the 1080p stuff.

    Anyway the total came to $2411 shipped so I think I got a pretty decent deal, good enough to justify purchasing online as opposed to bestbuy in my opinion.

    Hopefully it will arrive sometime this week, I'll post pics and a quick review when it gets here :)

    Here is the oversized beast of a TV it's replacing ;)
    [​IMG]

    Thanks for all the help guys :wavey:
     

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